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Social and emotional learning helps children and young people to:

‘… learn how to communicate their feelings, set themselves goals and work towards them, interact successfully with others, resolve conflicts peaceably, control their anger and negotiate their way through the many complex relationships in their lives today and tomorrow’.

This kind of learning underpins positive behaviour and attitudes to learning, personal development and mental health and wellbeing. It is at the heart of PSHE, relationships and health education.

Research shows it also helps raise attainment. Social and emotional learning is attracting increasing attention in schools. On this website you will find age-related teaching resources and whole school frameworks to support your work.

Many of them come from the national ‘Social and emotional Learning’ (SEAL) initiative. By registering with us (which is free, quick and easy), you can immediately find and download all of the national SEAL curriculum materials and teacher guidance. There’s a progression in learning objectives that can be used in any school, and training materials if you want to introduce or refresh a whole-school SEAL approach. Click on National Resources  then click the Getting Started with SEAL tab.

If you would like regularly updated teaching resources, you can also join our SEAL Community. Set up and supported by leading experts in the field, the SEAL Community is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote and develop SEAL through sharing news, practice, resources and expertise. Joining costs £30 for individuals, £75 for schools/settings and £100 for local authorities or other multi-school organisations. Click the Join button on this page to join.

News update

Children and young people who feel safe in school, enjoy coming to school, and that they belong in school were less likely to have a mental disorde

The primary collection features 40 books for 3-11-year olds; the secondary collection has 25 books for 12-16-year olds.

Sharing practice

RULER is a well-researched American SEL programme which uses four main tools: a class or school Charter, a Mood Meter, tools to m

At Sebright Primary in Hackney, November is ‘kindness month’.

Beckley Ashley Irving, SENCO at Tetney Primary School, describes how her school promotes wellbeing.

At Brookvale Primary School, all children, staff and parents focused for two weeks on acts of kindness and helped each other fill their kindness bu

Resource roundup

Here we have a 2024 collection of primary resources for primary school work on self-awareness and emotion regulation, relevant to the Good to be Me SEAL theme. We’ve also uploaded a new collection of great picture books for work on feelings. For secondary here is a PSHE lesson on healthy coping strategies ...

The hare-shaped hole by John and Thomas Docherty is one to use if a class member has experienced bereavement.

This is a new animation and teacher toolkit from Anna Freud, which looks at the topic of anxiety

We’ve featured these before but just as a reminder, do look at Beano’s KS1 and 2 resources on understanding and managing emotions

In case you haven’t see them, we’d also like to flag up the National Literacy Trust’s lovely primary wellbeing resources

Practical tools

We came across a new metaphor for explaining to children how the brain works and really liked it. It goes like this.

Combine primary maths work on graphing and coordinates with social and emotional learning using RULER’s mood

If your school isn’t ready for a full, taught social and emotional curriculum then try this approach from Nicole Green ...

Why not try out a teacher self-assessment , to help teachers evaluate how well they are doing in incorporating social and emotion

We loved this picture to use as an emotional check-in; children choose which frog best represents how they are feeling.

New research

 You may have heard of the ‘marshmallow experiment’ which tested young children’s ability to delay gratification.

This study investigated the effects of introducing daily 10-minute physical activity or mindfulness breaks within regular school lessons, for a period of two weeks. The children involved were aged ten to eleven. In the physical activity intervention children’s attention improved, and in the mindfulness intervention reading comprehension improved significantly, compared to a control group....

This study reminds us that screening children for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and giving them a score is not useful....

A recent study has found that secondary schools which prioritised social- emotional development had double the positive long-term impact on students as compared to those that focused solely on improving test scores. ..

The National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (NSCDC) in the US have summarised research on the resilience factors that

Top resource

This is the Education Endowment Foundation's guidance report...

Imagine a world where everyone is kind...

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This expanding ball is great for teaching mindful breathing...

We really like this programme to teach young people aged 8 – 16 years to manage their own anxiety and worry. It helps them develop techniques to use on their own when they begin to feel worried; these are printed onto a fan to keep in their pocket or bag.